Delaying Kindergarten Until Your Kid Can Read Steinbeck, Grow Mustache

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It’s enrollment season for those of us with kids in school, and we’ve just signed our oldest up for another round of preschool. We could have sent him to kindergarten this coming fall — just after his fifth birthday — but he would represent the youngest in the ever-aging kindergarten set. So, like many of his peers, he’ll be enjoying one more year of play-based preschool before heading to the big leagues when he turns six.

Amid growing rumors of diminishing recess, increased state-sanctioned testing, and a more challenging curriculum in kindergarten, the choice to hold kids back before enrolling in the big K seems to be growing in popularity among parents — mostly in the hopes of ensuring our kids’ academic and emotional readiness.

I’m over at MockMom this week with some satire to poke fun of the issue, but it does speak to a darker concern creeping into the American education system. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the changing face of kindergarten, which seems to be transitioning from an emphasis on play to an emphasis on test results — including long stretches at a desk and curriculum previously reserved for first grade.

Head over to MockMom and let me know what you think. Are they pushing too much on kids today or are we parents just getting a little crazier? How old were your kids when they went to kindergarten? If they were the oldest in their class, are they now CEOs or pro-ballers? If they were the youngest, are they still in therapy for crumbling under the pressure?

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2 thoughts on “Delaying Kindergarten Until Your Kid Can Read Steinbeck, Grow Mustache

  1. I think there are several factors than just age. In the end the person responsible for a child’s education is hopefully the same person that spends the most time with them and therefore will be the best judge of what grade/curriculum the child is ready for. Increasingly however, the demands of parents to devote more time to their careers may hinder that objectivity. Teachers are also mostly beholdent to state educational standards. Unfortunately the people who spend no time with these kids are ultimately the ones who govern their curriculum.

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